Thursday, March 13, 2014

Should Colleges Ban Fraternities?

1. Sommer Opening Moment
2. Should Colleges Ban Fraternities?
Read the following NYT article and answer three of the below questions on your blog:
— Do you want to join a fraternity or sorority? Why or why not?
— What do you think fraternities could do to police themselves? Is what Sigma Alpha Epsilon doing enough?
— What do you think of the argument the student in this excerpt makes — that rituals like pledging build the most committed members of the organization? What are some of the positive things fraternities do?
— What do you think would be lost if there were no fraternities on college campuses? What might be gained? Would banning fraternities substantially lessen problems like sexual violence and alcohol-fueled injuries and deaths on college campuses or not?
— How should colleges respond to bad behavior by fraternity brothers? Do you think they should ban fraternities entirely? In 2011, the Room for Debate blog asked that question and several experts answered. With whom do you most agree?
3. Editorial Finishing Touches
Do you have a title?
Are paragraphs short? 
Do you have any unnecessary words/details that could be omitted?
Read aloud to a partner to see if you can catch any mistakes!

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